Well this is certainly some damn fine news: Jennifer Jason Leigh has been cast as the female lead in Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' the director's highly-anticipated western project. Leigh was the original choice for the part, and even attended the director's live-reading of the script earlier this year.

According to The Wrap, after meeting with other actresses for the highly-coveted role of wanted outlaw Daisy Domergue, Tarantino went back to his original choice: Jennifer Jason Leigh. Leigh was most recently seen in 'The Spectacular Now' and 'Hateship Loveship,' and as one of our most enduring actresses, she's a name that just doesn't get mentioned often enough.

Leigh will play Daisy, who is wanted for murder and set to hang for her crimes in 'The Hateful Eight.' The story takes place in Wyoming just after the Civil War, as two bounty hunters, a sheriff, and a female prisoner are stuck with four strangers (who might be trying to free the female prisoner) during a blizzard.

Leigh joins previously announced cast members Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, James Remar, James Parks, and Zoe Bell in the ensemble cast. Shooting will begin early next year, with plans to release the film later in 2015.